Biomembrane SAVER has won the People’s Choice Award for KIJK’s best Tech-idea. This membrane, made from natural components, is able to separate oil from water and is fully recyclable. SAVER was developed by polymer scientists from the research group led by Prof. Katja Loos and researchers from NHL Stenden University of Applied Sciences.
With no less than 3,600 votes, SAVER 19 left other ideas far behind. In November, KIJK will be paying extensive attention to SAVER.
We have all seen the images of huge oil spills in our oceans. Removing this oil pollution poses a big challenge. Researchers from the UG and NHL Stenden have been working together in a hybrid research group to find a solution. Katja Loos, Chongnan Ye, Rik Brouwer, Renato Lemos Cosse, Vincent Voet, and Rudy Folkersma developed a strong biomembrane made from the organic compound malic acid. The membrane is a so-called super-amphiphile. This means that the material has an affinity for oil as well as water, just like soap. Because of this, it can separate these two components. When the pores of the membrane become clogged, it can be recycled completely, after which the purified building blocks can be re-used to create a new membrane.
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